Category Archives: 2011 :: nourish

nourishment :: a place to start

How many times do I wish I had simply answered ‘no’?  Or at least ‘not now’…giving breadth and room for an intentional, and not simply an emotional response? To pause and listen, to wait on counsel, to ask of Him. How many times have you? We humans have this strange and often unexplainable capacity to […]

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the practice of {letting go}

One could say leaves need limited direction in letting go, they know when. When to release and be liberated from branches, their homes for a season.  When to shake loose, be freed from function and place. With magnificent display, breathtaking beauty… they say good-bye. Purpose complete, vision accomplished, making room for more. If only I […]

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the practice of {taking time}

In an effort to slow myself, to take pleasure in a craft I truly enjoy, handwritten notes have become a preferred way of communication when thinking of others. Oh, email is still a favorite.  Really, our way of doing life would suffer without the ease of sending a quick note or the ability to ‘talk’ […]

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retreat & request :: a call to believe

In seventh grade I turned in a handwritten four-page book report, all neat and tidy on wide ruled paper, feeling immensely proud. One week later, flipping quickly to the back page where teacher’s notes lived, I stopped short at her words. “Daniele, you couldn’t have written this report. Copying is not allowed…and the report only […]

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setting a goal, making a plan

While the summer has purposely been more laid-back, the area of goal setting was not completely ignored.  Instead of household or organization projects, there was a simple goal of taking care of myself. This sounds trite, I know. But my spirit and mind had endured a long season of burnout and stress.  Weary days, tired […]

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what I hope your days hold

I seem to be capitalizing on the ‘just one hour’ solo moments in the last few weeks… though this outing included another, we each took to our own spots and meandered around, simply looking, pondering, exploring. for some, time alone offers refreshment. for others, gathering & being with a group is energizing. we need a […]

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